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The Origins of the Final Solution: Eastern Europe and the Holocaust

Tuesday 11 March 2014, 6.30-8.00pm, Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Timothy Snyder; Chair: Professor Michael Cox

The Nazi Final Solution was implemented in occupied Poland and the occupied Soviet Union, in the lands that after the end of the war quickly fell behind the Iron Curtain.  The opening of borders and archives has permitted a much fuller acquaintance with the victims of the Holocaust, the vast majority of whom were east European Jews, as well as with the motivation and behaviours of the German perpetrators and the east Europeans who aided them in the murder.  Must the national history of eastern Europe, with which we began, now collapse into nothing more than a prehistory of catastrophe?  Or might instead a grounding in national history help us better discern the human causes of the Holocaust?  Only an explanation that can unite Hitler's metaphysical anti-Semitism with the experience of German power in eastern Europe can be satisfactory.






Professor Timothy Snyder is Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at LSE IDEAS for 2013-2014. Photo courtesy of Ine Gundersveen.





Professor Arne Westad is Director of LSE IDEAS and Professor in International History.



Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE.